The winners of the 2012 N&O Travel photo contest

January 5, 2013 

Congratulations to winners of the 2012 News & Observer Travel Photo Contest. The competition was keen, with 571 entries.

The winning photos -- which we present today -- will transport you across North Carolina and around the world. The Readers’ Choice award goes to a dramatic shot of a splashing humpback whale near Juneau, Alaska, snapped by Lori Martin of Clayton.

We hope you enjoy this armchair visit to destinations near and far.

--Juli Leonard, photo editor

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